The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you might imagine that there would be little desire for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In reality, it appears to be working the other way, with the desperate economic circumstances leading to a bigger desire to gamble, to try and find a fast win, a way from the problems.

For almost all of the locals surviving on the meager nearby wages, there are 2 common types of wagering, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else in the world, there is a state lotto where the probabilities of winning are surprisingly tiny, but then the winnings are also surprisingly large. It’s been said by economists who study the idea that most don’t purchase a card with a real belief of hitting. Zimbet is built on either the domestic or the UK soccer divisions and involves predicting the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other foot, mollycoddle the incredibly rich of the nation and sightseers. Until not long ago, there was a extremely substantial sightseeing business, based on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and connected violence have carved into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which have table games, slot machines and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer gaming machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the previously talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of 2 horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has deflated by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated deprivation and conflict that has come to pass, it isn’t understood how healthy the sightseeing business which funds Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the next few years. How many of the casinos will be alive until conditions get better is merely unknown.